Au Za'atar

Au Za'atar

Middle Eastern Restaurant and Mediterranean Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
  • Has a stamp of approval from Eater and The New Yorker
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    • The New Yorker
  • Emily K.
    "3+ people and go to town on the mezzes"(3 Tips)
    "Loved arnabeet mekle (cauliflower) - a little lemony."(2 Tips)
    "... toast, shakshuka, kafta benedict, and an "Au Za'atar Breakfast," which is..."(2 Tips)
    Steven B.
    "Lamb hummus is fantastic, but not an entree."(9 Tips)
56 Tips and reviews
  • hummus
  • mezzes
  • arnabeet mekle
  • good for dates
  • vegetarian food
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  • Dens
    DensJuly 22, 2014
    Foursquare tips did not do us wrong -- kebabs are great, cauliflower is great. The pita & hummus & olive oil you get right after you sit may be the best part tho. a bit pricey. I bet brunch is killer
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 23, 2014
    Brunch here spans from classic French to classic Middle Easter cuisine. Menu includes shakshuka, kafta benedict, and an "Au Za'atar Breakfast," served with eggs, pita, & a selection of mezze. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 14, 2014
    Robert Sietsema's 2 star review: "One of the most delicious things on the menu is arnabeet mekle ($7), an oil-moistened heap of fried, copper-colored cauliflower with fronds of flat-leaf parsley." Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 13, 2014
    Get a taste of the traditional Arabian French vegetarian dishes. Have the fatteh al-betenjane ($13), eggplant topped with toasted pita bread & smothered with garlic yogurt sauce and sautéed pine nuts. Read more
  • Cassidy
    CassidyJanuary 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss the cauliflower (the one without tahini!), the makanek (gorgeously fatty and meaty lamb sausages), or the lamb tartar. the mujadara is also great if you have any vegs in tow.
  • Heena
    HeenaJanuary 31, 2015
    Amazing place! Loved the pita with zaatar they bring. Hummus was good. Loved arnabeet mekle (cauliflower) - a little lemony. Fattoush was really good! Hubster found his chicken Kabob to be dry.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchOctober 15, 2015
    The Bitches say: B. The offerings at Au Za’atar are flavorful and fresh. While the service has some kinks to be worked out, this is a good option for groups seeking casual brunch fare. Read more
  • Armando
    ArmandoAugust 29, 2014
    French to classic Middle Easter cuisine. Frisee aux lardons salad and brioche french toast, shakshuka, kafta benedict, and an "Au Za'atar Breakfast," which is the restaurant's "greatest strength."
  • Inna G.
    Inna GJuly 11
    Great shwarma available for large parties. Even though they say this feeds 2 people, don’t be fooled we were 6 and there was leftovers!
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinApril 29, 2015
    "falafel Benedict with spicy tomato sauce, or house-made hummus with shawarma. Or just keep it a la cate with chili shakshuka baked eggs or a croque monsieur"
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.January 19, 2015
    Grab 3+ people and go to town on the mezzes (especially the fried cauliflower). Wine list includes a generous list of some very reasonably priced bottles.
  • Samir H.
    Samir HApril 9, 2015
    We have been to Au Za'atar twice for brunch and dinner. Top of our list of amazing food service ambiance. Reservations recommended. Definitely 10 out of 10!
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerApril 4, 2017
    Picked up a take out order. Delicious salmon salad, moussaka, and chicken kebab. Will be back
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LitvakOctober 12, 2014
    Come here for brunch, they do a delicious take on eggs Benedict, with a spicy sauce instead of the usual. And the cauliflower is delicious.
  • Cindy J.
    Cindy JuarezDecember 2, 2014
    Brunch! It's French and Arabian cuisine so everything sounds really interesting. Great service and take group reservations! Good food but nice atmosphere mostly.
  • Carlos C.
    Shawarma is wonderful, a sufficient entree for two persons. Great spot and super welcoming waiters.
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerJuly 7, 2014
    “The kebabs are juicy, and the eggplant-based saltet al raheb, a spicy-smoky condiment, is good enough to eat by the spoonful.” Read more
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinApril 7, 2016
    Restaurant is usually empty but don't be scared! Nice staff, great Mediterranean / Moroccan food. A bit pricey but still good.
  • Nikki W.
    Nikki WegnerJanuary 21, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and service. Love the cauliflower, couscous, hummus- the complimentary dip is the best!
  • Rebecca R.
    Rebecca RowlandMay 14, 2014
    Great prices, excellent food! The owner was a sweetheart and served us complimentary baklava after a wonderful meal.
  • Steven B.
    Steven BenarioMarch 29, 2014
    Lamb hummus is fantastic, but not an entree. Great to share between 2 people for an app or meze!
  • Justin F.
    Justin FerrantiJuly 26, 2016
    Grilled halloummi salad is unlike I've ever had before. Delicious
  • Lady S
    Lady SJanuary 8
    Amazing quality and selection. Very close to home cooking. Love the service, the sweetest people!
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceApril 16, 2015
    Fantastic wines. Everyone sits closely in here and enjoys the great food together. Terrific vegetarian food options too!
  • Allison F.
    Allison F.July 14, 2015
    Definitely get the cauliflower! Good babaganoush. Cute atmosphere and good service.
  • Celo L.
    Celo LSeptember 7, 2014
    Stuffed grape leaves (with pomegranate reduction!?!?!), kebee, fries, and everything
  • Sara H.
    Sara HelenaJuly 15, 2014
    Great food. Great prices. Nice staff. Recommend it!
  • Daryna
    DarynaDecember 22, 2014
    Humus was good. Skip the mussels in wine souse with fresh tomatoes. Not filling even a bit
  • ROD
    RODMay 11, 2014
    the food here is fucking incredible.
  • Adil M.
    Adil MajidFebruary 28
    The Fatayal Harri Bi Ajine is absolutely incredible. Delicious spicy meat
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LigottiFebruary 16
    The mixed grill platter slowed down our entire table’s service by an hour.
  • Sonali P.
    Sonali PrasadJuly 5, 2015
    Everything is great! Service was excellent
  • Jess B.
    Jess ButlerSeptember 30, 2015
    Baba ghanoush was top notch- nice citrus flavor.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GeigerApril 5, 2014
    Baba ganoush and steak frites are legit
  • Adu B.
    Adu BhandaruJanuary 4, 2016
    Hummus, any dish with hummus.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarMay 20, 2014
    Cauliflower and baba ghanoush are winners. Cute atmosphere but service is lacking.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SMarch 18, 2015
    Feedback from takeout of a couple of items - space seemed nice, hummus was too thick, tasted more like grocery store items. Will not return.
  • Kira F.
    Kira FisherMarch 15, 2015
    Skip the shashuka-- it's not baked, just poached eggs in sauce. Odd, maybe an off day
  • Bharath P.
    Bharath PrasadOctober 29, 2015
    The apps are king. The kebabs were decent. The couscous is bad. More Lebanese in case you were expecting Tunisian/Moroccan.
  • Kathryn P.
    Kathryn PhillipsJune 9, 2015
    Delicious shawarma but it seemed a bit over priced
  • st
    stAugust 14, 2014
    free za'atar bread and labneh - keep it coming
  • Natural S.
    Natural SoapJuly 13, 2014
    Awesome place and food I recommend !
  • Kiri M.
    Kiri MastersFebruary 7, 2016
    The mussels are delicious!
  • Lyndsey A.
    Lyndsey AApril 28, 2014
    Stuffed vegetable sampler! Yum!!
  • Adrienne W.
    Adrienne WrightMarch 22, 2014
    Definitely get the cauliflower.
  • Luke
    LukeAugust 11, 2015
    Excellent service! Seriously
  • Elise K.
    Elise KatherineMarch 29, 2014
    Au Za'atar Eggs are wonderful!
  • Lars A.
    Lars AndreassenJuly 13, 2014
    Perfect new York steak
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EmersonJune 9, 2014
    Awesome service and great food!
  • Ron M.
    Ron MatanaMarch 15, 2014
    Food is spectacular.
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